Archive for April 2016

Girls, the Social Media and Human Sexuality

Apr 30th, 2016 | By
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Two recent books explore the impact social media and sexuality issues are having on American, adolescent girls: American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales and Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, by Peggy Orenstein. Several important insights are gained from these books:



Genesis 3:20-4:16

Apr 29th, 2016 | By
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Continued discussion of the fall of Adam & Eve: their expulsion from the Garden, and the suffering that continues in their family.



The Deteriorating Social Fabric of America

Apr 23rd, 2016 | By
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America in the 21st century seems disorderly, somewhat chaotic and rather dysfunctional. There are four major forces sweeping through American civilization all of which partially explain this disorder. Columnist David Brooks capably summarizes these four forces: 1. Global migration is leading to demographic diversity. 2. Economic globalization is creating wider opportunity but also inequality. 3. The Internet is giving people more choices over what to buy and pay attention to. 4. A culture of autonomy validates individual choice and self-determination. The Economist emphasizes the importance of both Google and Facebook in this culture of autonomy. . .



Genesis 3:7-19

Apr 22nd, 2016 | By
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Adam & Eve suffer the consequences: Dr. Eckman discusses how their disobedience led to a curse upon themselves, and all of creation to follow.



Thinking Biblically about the Human Conscience

Apr 16th, 2016 | By
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Romans 1:18-3:21 declares quite clearly that God has revealed Himself in three major ways: Through His creation, through human conscience and through His moral Law given to Israel. Further, Hebrews 1 (and indeed the entire New Testament) also makes clear that Jesus is God’s crowning revelation. Each of these four revelations of God insists upon a responsible and accountable response. In short, humanity cannot ignore these revelations of God.



Genesis 3:1-7

Apr 15th, 2016 | By
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Dr. Eckman leads in-depth discussion of how the serpent tempted Adam & Eve, causing the beginnings of human rebellion & its consequences for all of mankind.



The Revolt against Free Trade and the Global Economy

Apr 9th, 2016 | By
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With the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders (Democrat) and Donald Trump (Republican), the specter of protectionism is raising its ugly head again. Both Sanders and Trump favor a wholehearted rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement, all of which the US negotiated with 11 Asian nations. Protectionism is a noun which characterizes a world of high tariffs (taxes on imported goods), the slowing of world trade and the subsequent contracting of the world economy. . . So why are Sanders and Trump against these trade initiatives? Why do they wish to return to a time of high protective tariffs and more difficult barriers to world trade?



Genesis 2:8-25

Apr 8th, 2016 | By
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A continuation of Genesis 2: God’s creation of humans to populate & have dominion over His world, and the creation of the institution of marriage.



President Obama, Vladimir Putin and the Middle East

Apr 2nd, 2016 | By
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In the April 2016 edition of The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg offers one of the more insightful articles to date on President Obama’s foreign policy—and, since his presidency is nearly over, his legacy. The article presents insights into the mind of President Obama found nowhere else. For me, one of the more valuable aspects of the article, which was based on a series of candid interviews Goldberg had with the president, is Obama’s views of the Middle East. Goldberg summarizes Obama’s perspective: “Obama has come to a number of dovetailing conclusions about the world, and about America’s role in it. The first is that the Middle East is no longer terribly important to American interests. The second is that even if the Middle East were surprisingly important, there would still be little an American president could do to make it a better place. The third is . . .”



Genesis 1:28-2:7

Apr 1st, 2016 | By
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Chapter 2 begins an in-depth account of God’s work on the 6th day: The creation of human beings to populate & have dominion over His world.